Date: 2003-08-22 07:18:20
> From: Rozental, Gennadiy [mailto:gennadiy.rozental_at_[hidden]]
> > > I've got at least 400 mails (until it filled my mailbox several
> > > times) with it by now. I do not know proper solution. I still would
> > > like to provide
> > > email address for support. But 99% of traffic on that account are
> > > viruses or spam.
> > There are some pretty good commercial (~30$/year) filters around, frying
> > 99% of the viruses and ~90% of the spam.
> > Everything that arrives at a newly installed address is filtered and the
> > ham forwarded to a secret address of your choice. Transition is really
> > painless if you can redirect everything arriving at your old address to
> > the new one.
> > I have used spamcop.net for years and can definitely recommend it.
> This all would make sence if I meant regular mail account (Where I do use
> spam filtering). I was talking about free webmail one. I do not have any
> power to do anything there.
I have a regular dialup account, but for convenience of use I usually access
it over the www. I have a 25 MB limit, which was being filled up in about
half an hour. If my ISP didn't allow me to set up filters on the server
side, I would still be totally sunk. A server-side solution like what Dave
was referring to is really necessary in order to solve this sort of problem.
Those without a server-side solution (like poor Gennadiy!) are probably
having to log in every half-hour just to clean up their mail! This is not
due to their running Windows systems, but is due to Boost users running
Fortunately, this particular virus will de-activate itself on September
10th, according to Symantec. But still, that's a long time for some
people's e-mail boxes filling up whenever they go to sleep! What I'm
recommending can do nothing to solve the current problem, but would
hopefully prevent a similar occurrence in the future.
Spamcop looks like an excellent service; I'm planning on signing up for it
myself in the next month or so, but it will not protect against virii (such
as this current attack) AFAIK.
Like Gennadiy, I want my e-mail address to be available for users to write
their questions to, but at the same time we must realize that there are
apparently a *lot* of Boost users who run Windows and will open unknown and
unexpected executable attachments. For this reason, I recommend munging all
e-mail addresses in the next Boost release.
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